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We truly attract them. I was at my FLGS yesterday looking for new goodies, and there was this odd fellow talking to the employees. He was going on and on about this comic book character and that comic book character, and how it was silly that Captain America did some kind of non-canon activity in some series or that. And this guy, he would just not shut up. On and on he went, while the guys at the front counter did everything possible to show that they were ignoring him. He was really loud too, as if what he was saying had to be heard by the whole store.

I felt kind of sad. This guy was just probably lonely, and didn't have a venue of social interaction, so he grabbed onto this captive audience.

Of course all I could think of is "please don't focus on me and come over here".

But I notice this a lot in the various FLGS's I frequent. There's always one in the store. I sure don't miss working in that environment anymore.

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Rogues Gallery?

If so, that dude is the Cliff of the joint. He's always there and he's always going.
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joebelanger wrote:
Rogues Gallery?

If so, that dude is the Cliff of the joint. He's always there and he's always going.


This time it was Dragons Lair, but yes, I think I have heard that guy at RG!
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Like you said. They're everywhere.
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They need an online community where they can interact with their peers.



I ran into a guy at a local shop last week and what struck me as odd was not that he was nerdy but that he was stereotypically nerdy, in a sort of sitcom-ish, mildly Urkel sort of way. Actually, that wasn't the exact stereotype but it's the closest I can recall. Ok, wait--I just remembered. He was the spitting likeness, behaviorally, of the odd neighbor on Monk--the guy who won a fortune in the lottery and lost it again.

This got me thinking that there are some consistent "nerd" behaviors that show up on TV, and I'm starting to wonder if there isn't something cognitive going on, not just cultural. I have a son with Asperger's so I think about this a little too much, probably.
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Heck,

I've got one in my Gaming group. Oh, but it's his medical problems we;ve got to hear about cry
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The local game store.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villiany.
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I drone on and on about the current war and whatever war I happen to be reading about. God forbid anyone actually just want to play Successors III. I used to hate these obnoxious gamer types arguing about which Green Lantern is the best until I made the startling realization that I was one of them. That does not mean I will ever stop explaining Zimmerit to people or the arcane history of the Middle East, but I will give people a turn to rattle on about how the Fantastic Four movies miss the basic spirit of the comics, etc.
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BeatPosse wrote:
arguing about which Green Lantern is the best


When will people realize that Hal beats every other Lantern, hands down?
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The first Fantastic Four movie is great.



That show 'Big Bang Theory' nails it right on the head. There are guys EXACTLY like that at both of the game stores I frequent...
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He may not beat them "Hands" down, perhaps he uses a different part of his anatomy?
http://green-lantern-butts-forever.blogspot.com/
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He may not beat them "Hands" down, perhaps he uses a different part of his anatomy?
http://green-lantern-butts-forever.blogspot.com/


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jeffwiles wrote:
BeatPosse wrote:
arguing about which Green Lantern is the best


When will people realize that Hal beats every other Lantern, hands down?


I agree, but Kyle's got some nice duds. Guy's a fag (and not in a way that's derogatory to homos, in a "what a doofus" sort).
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MWChapel wrote:
We truly attract them.



How can you tell the difference from the rest of us? Or how often do people think the same thing about us when we're going on about something that to us seems really important and so we're on our soapbox about it and no one else can give a flying fig about it?

Something to ponder.
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craniac wrote:
They need an online community where they can interact with their peers.

The only problem is that it's not really "interaction" - it's all one-way communication.
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MWChapel wrote:
We truly attract them. I was at my FLGS yesterday looking for new goodies, and there was this odd fellow talking to the employees. He was going on and on about this comic book character and that comic book character, and how it was silly that Captain America did some kind of non-canon activity in some series or that. And this guy, he would just not shut up. On and on he went, while the guys at the front counter did everything possible to show that they were ignoring him. He was really loud too, as if what he was saying had to be heard by the whole store.

I felt kind of sad. This guy was just probably lonely, and didn't have a venue of social interaction, so he grabbed onto this captive audience.

Of course all I could think of is "please don't focus on me and come over here".

But I notice this a lot in the various FLGS's I frequent. There's always one in the store. I sure don't miss working in that environment anymore.



Actually, I find it kind of sad really, The poor guy lives in his nerdy comic-book world which is obviously very important to him. He probably doesn't really interact well or much with his peers or colleagues. And yes, he has a captive audience that might be part of his world and he goes all out!! He probably doesn't have a lot of people to talk to about his hobby and when he finds one...........well!!!

Annoying, yeah, but still sad!
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I was out with my wife last night, and basically said,

"Ok, this is of no interest to you but I think it's cool so lemme tell you about it quickly. There's this designer on boardgamegeek who just got back into gaming 2.5 years ago, and since then he's already coming about with a published game that looks really great. I'm totally impressed by people who just DO stuff like that."

True geekery begins when you don't, or can't, acknowledge that what you are droning on about is of no interest to the other person. Social intelligence begins when you either relate the story to the other person or don't tell it in the first place. So oddball=lack of empathy + socially unpopular hobbies + strange mannerisms and/or hygeine problems.

I think it's a curable condition.

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mileser wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
We truly attract them.



How can you tell the difference from the rest of us? Or how often do people think the same thing about us when we're going on about something that to us seems really important and so we're on our soapbox about it and no one else can give a flying fig about it?

Something to ponder.


Never. In a social situation or in a public venue, most of us understand when the time is inappropriate, and that we aren't talking "with" people, we are talking "to" people.
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Hungadunga wrote:
craniac wrote:
They need an online community where they can interact with their peers.
The only problem is that it's not really "interaction" - it's all one-way communication.


That was just a sly reference to boardgamegeek. Point made, carry on.
 
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MWChapel wrote:
mileser wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
We truly attract them.



How can you tell the difference from the rest of us? Or how often do people think the same thing about us when we're going on about something that to us seems really important and so we're on our soapbox about it and no one else can give a flying fig about it?

Something to ponder.


Never. In a social situation or in a public venue, most of us understand when the time is inappropriate, and that we aren't talking "with" people, we are talking "to" people.


I think you mean talking "at" people.
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MWChapel wrote:
mileser wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
We truly attract them.



How can you tell the difference from the rest of us? Or how often do people think the same thing about us when we're going on about something that to us seems really important and so we're on our soapbox about it and no one else can give a flying fig about it?

Something to ponder.


Never. In a social situation or in a public venue, most of us understand when the time is inappropriate, and that we aren't talking "with" people, we are talking "to" people.


OK. You're right. Ive seen them too and played with them. Oy! There sure have been times when I see someone's eyes start to glaze over and I realize it's time to close my mouth or change subjects.
 
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cferejohn wrote:

I think you mean talking "at" people.


Exactly!
 
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Why is it acceptable for gamers/geeks to harp on about anything?

If someone is talking incessantly about random crap than I have no interest in, they're told where to go, regardless of whether 'what' they are.
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Sounds like Asperger's.
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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ralpher wrote:
Sounds like Asperger's.


Agreed, especially this characteristic of AS as per wikipedia:
"Unlike those with autism, people with AS are not usually withdrawn around others; they approach others, even if awkwardly, for example by engaging in a one-sided, long-winded speech about a favorite topic while misunderstanding or not recognizing the listener's feelings or reactions, such as need for privacy or haste to leave. This social awkwardness has been called "active but odd"."
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